It’s easy to feel pressured by the dating game. From staying in practice, socially speaking, to figuring out the best way to approach someone and ask them out, to keeping things creative from one date to the next, working the dating scene can be exhausting. That’s why it can be helpful to have a firm, confidence-boosting foundation to work from.
One excellent way to help foster that confidence is to have a great place to retreat to after the fun and festivities are over. After all, no one likes to have the struggle over whether you should invite someone in for a drink or not based on the grounds that you’re embarrassed about the appearance of your bachelor pad.
That said, keeping things neat and cleaned up is only part of the battle. It’s also worth taking the time to implement some more fundamental changes to the interior design of your living space, especially the bedroom. Easily the most overlooked part of a home, a well thought out bedroom — e.g. one that you could bring a date into without embarrassment — has to be more than a glorified dresser. With that in mind, here are a few tips and tricks that can help take your sleeping quarters from dingy to attractive with minimal effort.
Starting with a Good Foundation
As with all design, you’re going to want to start with a solid foundation to the room itself. While there are always countless variations on trendy looks, one 2019 trend that brings a simple, often masculine tone is the concept of minimalism and the use of simple, natural textures.
For example, if you’ve got a room with concrete floors or walls, fearlessly incorporate them right into the design. If a dresser, walls, or even the ceiling have any rustic wood elements, once again, work them into the overall design. Neat, purposeful minimalism accented by simple, natural, rustic features such as wood or concrete can be a trendy and easy way to elevate a bedroom without having to get a degree in interior design.
Along with the foundational basics, you’re also going to want to consider how you approach the centerpiece of the room: the bed itself. While getting a quality mattress is a great first step, you’re also going to want to consider the base that it’ll rest on as well. A bed’s foundation is where comfort and support meet the design of your room.
The good news is, there are many different ways to approach a bed foundation, which leaves you with the freedom to go with whatever one makes the most sense for your sleep support as well as your bedroom design. Whether you use a traditional box spring, employ a slatted frame for a sleek profile, or drop down low with Bunky Boards or even Tatami Mats, choose the best one for your room’s vibe and run with it.
Pick a Color Palette
Commitment can be a hard thing in life, but when it comes to your room’s colors, it’s important that you pick a color palette and stick to it. Part of the trouble with this can be the fact that there are so many shades and variations of colors, which can make it impossible to know what goes best together. A good place to start is to look for a color palette that’s trending, pick a set that you like, and do your best to stick within that scheme.
Beyond sticking to a specific palette, though, there are a few other rules of thumb that can make picking out colors for your bedroom simple and easy. For example, if you take the time to reference a good color wheel, you’ll find that there is a distinct difference between warm colors, like orange, red, and yellow, and cool colors, such as blue, purple, and green.
In addition, complementary colors, which should be used sparingly, are found directly opposite from a specific color, while analogous colors are those that share the same side. Finally, triadic color schemes divide a color wheel into thirds in order to find matching color options.
Finding Good Decor
Of course, once you get your foundation and color scheme sorted out, you’re going to want to make sure that the decor matches the rest of the room. Even with a minimalist approach, you’re still going to want to get some decor on the walls as well as throughout the room so it doesn’t look like an empty warehouse. Some suggestions for decor that works particularly well in a bachelor bedroom include:
- Green plants: Nothing beats the feel of a living plant to help brighten a room and bring a splash of happiness to the occupants.
- Picture frames: The only thing worse than bare walls is unframed pictures. Unless you’re trying to send the message that you’re still in high school, make sure those pictures and posters are framed.
- Appropriate window treatments: Whether it’s a nice set of bamboo blinds, a set of thick, stylish curtains for privacy, or a combo of the two, make sure that you have more than a couple of sheets tacked over the windows.
Setting Up an Appealing Room
As a few final words of wisdom, keep your room neat and tidy, maximize your closet space, and, if you don’t have one yet, get a hamper. Nothing is as big of a turn off as a room covered in piles of clothing.
Once you’ve got your bedroom pulled together, you’ll find that, rather than a stressor, it’ll turn into a dramatic confidence booster, as you’ll be able to rest in the fact that your next date has the option to end in a bedroom that’s ready to blow your partner away.